Nov 27, 2012 5:00am PST
. will that satisfy mccain and these other critics? lindsey graham and senator kelly ayotte. she has said not only does she want sufficient explanation, she wants to see documentation as well. she's working from memos and talking points from the intelligence community, let's see them. we'll see what happens after this meeting today. laura. >> we will. thank you very much. >>> it is 5:42. republicans on capitol hill may be willing to back off an old pledge not to raise taxes to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. some prominent republican senators, who were dead set against tax hikes, may consider other alternatives. gop senator bob corker has a ten-year, $4.5 billion proposal that hits the wealthiest, but it also curbs social security and medicare benefits. so far he's not garnered any democratic support. >> you don't raise rates, you just cap the amount of itemized deductions that taxpayers -- it hits the wealthy. >> there's going to come a point in time where we can't borrow any more money and interest rates are going to skyrocket. >> this congress is one vote away from avoiding the fiscal cliff.
Nov 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
with his shadow, lindsey graham, and their new third amigo, new hampshire senator kelly ayotte, they released a joint statement today, praising the cease-fire declaration, but then adding were for good measure, quote, what happens in the middle east will impact america's vital national security interests for the foreseeable future and stronger, smarter american leadership is desperately needed. smarter leadership! take it from john mccain. remember, john mccain's big idea on foreign policy at the moment is that we should not have a secretary of state at all right now. john mccain suggesting that he will personally block anybody from being confirmed as secretary of state in the second term of the obama administration, because according to john mccain, u.n. ambassador susan rice, who's a likely candidate for secretary of state, she once said something wrong on the sunday shows. in the days after the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, back in september, susan rice went on the sunday shows and gave the administration's intelligence agency-approved talking points, explaining
Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
. there are unanswered questions. i think john mccain, lindsay gram, kelly ayotte understand it was not susan rice's responsibility but she was the one -- even though she had nothing to do with it, the administration sent her out to paragraphrot talking points that were inaccurate. there were breaches of security, pleas for help that went unanswered, breaches of protocol and four dead americans that were representing all of us. what john mccain and lindsey graham wants are answers. today is a good path, good step toward getting some answers and a step in the right direction. >> so, maria cardona, our democratic strategist, we just had an election. people want democrats and republicans to get along. susan rice clearly is embattled, the source of controversy. should president obama still nominate her as his secretary of state? >> i think he should, if that's what he believes is the best thing for the country. look, she has been an outstanding public servant both at the u.n. and serving under the clinton administration in a national security role. there's no question about that. and i think what -- i
Nov 27, 2012 12:00pm EST
with senators mccain, graham and kelly ayotte saying in part in the course of the meeting we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community and the initial assessment upon which they were based were incorrect in the key respect. there was no protester demonstration in benghazi. while we certainly wish that we had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. we stressed neither i nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the american people at any stage in this process. and administration updated congress and the american people as our assessments involve. -- the fall. that's a statement from a ambassador rice. >> negotiations continue with president obama and congressional leaders about the fiscal cliff. we took your phone calls this morning on "washington journal" about that. >> host: at the daily news conference at the white house, jay carney, the spokesman there was asked about liberals who are advocating going off the so-called fiscal cliff. here's what he had to say